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Board of Examiners

Board of Examiners Political Science

The Board of Examiners of the Institute of Political Science has been legally appointed to organise and coordinate examinations. Its main powers are described in the programme’s Course & Examination Regulations (CER), as well as its own Rules and Regulations.


The Board of Examiners deals with individual requests to deviate from the official Course & Examination Regulations (CER)—such as requests for exemptions or following courses in a different order as stipulated. Students can also turn to the Board of Examiners in case of delay due to personal, medical, or family circumstances.

Students can lodge an appeal with the Examination Appeals Board against the decisions taken by examinators and the decisions taken by the Board of Examiners as explained in the above-mentioned cases.

Rules and regulations

For the rules and regulations governing the Political Science bachelor’s and master’s programmes, please refer to this page:

Programme rules and regulations Political Science

Frequently asked questions

FAQ Board of Examiners Political Science

Requests to the Board of Examiners

Before submitting a request make sure that:

uSis/Web form only

The Board of Examiners will only process your request, if you submit it via the appropriate procedure. There is uSis for course exemptions, and webforms for an extra exam resit and for other requests. Please make sure to provide all the requested details.

Depending on your request topic, make your choice below and use the appropriate procedure to submit your request.

Request to the Board of Examiners regarding the elective space or an exemption for an individual course

Request to the Board of Examiners for an extra resit due to personal, extraordinary circumstances

Examinations are held twice during the academic year for each component offered in that year. It is possible to register for exams from 100 till 11 days before the exam. Students who fail to register for an exam during this period, cannot participate in the exam.

If you fail to register for the first exam opportunity, you cannot participate in that exam and must register for the second exam opportunity in that academic year. If you fail to register for this second exam opportunity, you will have to wait until the next academic year to sit for the examination of this course.

In a limited number of cases, a student can request to be registered for an exam after enrollment has closed. Late registration will only be considered if the request reaches the Board of Examiners before the fifth working day before the exam, and if the failure to enroll can be demonstrably linked to force majeur, or if the consequences of non-registration will lead to a disproportionate delay in studies. The request must be accompanied by documentary evidence.

Late exam registration

Request to the Board of Examiners regarding approval of an internship proposal and research plan 

Request to the Board of Examiners (other than course exemption, late exam registration, extra resit or approval of an internship proposal and research plan)


  • Arjen Boin (chair)
  • Floris Mansvelt Beck
  • Corinna Jentzsch
  • Simon Otjes
  • Tom Theuns
  • Monique Leyenaar (external)
  • Henk Overbeek (external)
  • Eleonore Hoefnagel (secretary)
  • Caroline Remmerswaal (secretary)

Correspondence for the Board of Examiners addressed and sent to individual members of the Board, or to other staff members of the Institute of Political Science, cannot be considered.

Requests to the Board of Examiners can only be submitted via the online forms mentioned above.

For other matters, the Board can be reached at examencommpol@fsw.leidenuniv.nl.

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